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Aluminum can crunch is about to hit brewers & consumers where it hurts

Another kink in the supply chain threatens to reduce availability and increase prices. Ball Corporation, the massive supplier of aluminum cans to the beer industry,…

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The 2021 U.S. Hop Crop Report

Hopsteiner, one of the leading hop suppliers to the brewing industry, released its 2021 U.S. Hop Crop Report on October 24th. This is an initial…

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How excited are beer consumers for fresh hop season this year?

I’ve been running a reader survey on the Washington Beer Blog regarding fresh hop beer. It’s still up there collecting data from the public, but…

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YCH introduces Frozen Fresh Hops to its global customer base

Several months ago, I shared a story about a new hop product from Yakima Cheif Hops (YCH). Basically, fresh-frozen hops. At that time, it was…

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Sidle up to the bar, embrace normal life again

Pictured above: The regulars quickly returned to the bar at Beveridge Place Pub on June 30, 2021. Washington state fully relaxed its COVID restrictions and…

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USA hop acreage hits an all-time high in 2021, tops 60K acres

Hop Growers of America¬†(HGA)¬†just announced that the USA’s hop farmers strung more acres of hops in 2021 than any year in history. According to a…

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Non-alcoholic alternatives actually built for beer lovers

As we emerge from the pandemic lockdown, it seems like a lot of people are poking out of our caves, looking around, then looking in…

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A graph showing 2021 scan data versus the past two years.

How a drop in beer sales is actually good news for craft brewers

Things are not always as they appear I don’t suspect a lot of you read press releases about things like beer scan data. That’s why…

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